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Adaptive Yoga

Friday, September 20, 2019, 05:30pm - 08:30pm

Allison Parks Dugas

How to gracefully support students of varying mobility 
quote for adaptive yogaAs Yoga Teachers, it is rare that we don’t have a student with some type of physical concern, whether it is a recent injury, weakness or pain, a condition that limits movement in some way, or the expected changes of aging.  Whether we are teaching Beginner, All Levels, Gentle or Chair yoga, the perception of physical limitation, fear and insecurity is the norm!  
What if we could more adequately convey to the world that it does not matter how much you can move your body in Yoga?  Beyond the physical, Yoga works truly and most powerfully on all layers (koshas), including our energy and breath, our emotional being, our thoughts and our spirit.  How can we enhance these aspects of Yoga with students who are struggling to be in their physical body?  By welcoming them to the full practice of Yoga with whatever body they have, and with whatever is going on in their lives.  
How do we do this? 
The first thing that comes to the mind of most Yoga teachers is the use of props such as blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, chairs, and the wall.  Yes, we will share the most useful and common ways in which these props assist people to feel more supported and comfortable in Yoga poses.  Second, we will practice healthy boundaries as Yoga Teachers by learning how to use Inquiry.  Inquiry enables us to learn the unique situations of our students, promote Self observation and awareness in their experience of themselves and Yoga, minimize assumptions and overstepping boundaries, and together be creative about adapting the practice.  Finally, we will share some tools to help us most gently and effectively communicate with students in the context of the class itself.  In the end, our students feel welcome, supported, free to be who they are, and empowered to attend any yoga class!

Our three hour Advanced Teaching Workshops are intended to increase skills directly related to teaching groups, including ability to share and discuss the topic, lead experiential practices, and structure and sequence a yoga class.

This workshop is open to Yoga teacher trainees, Yoga instructors and practitioners, and curious students. Yoga Instructors: This workshop is eligible for 3 Yoga Alliance CEU’s

Workshop Cost $45

For more information and/or to register call Alice at 603-867-3969, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register online using Paypal:

Allison Parks Dugas

parks-dugas allisonAllison Parks Dugas has been teaching yoga since 2010 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200-hour and advanced 300 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and has completed an additional 300 hour training in Comprehensive Yoga Therapy at Yogalife. She began her yoga journey in 1999 studying Ashtanga and vinyasa-style yoga. She was drawn to the benefits of a physical practice. When she discovered the YogaLife Institute’s Teacher Training program, she was at a different place in her life, married with two small children, she wanted to prioritize her self-care and expand her understanding of yoga to help her navigate life better. This deeper dive into yoga included not only the physical practices but also the mental, spiritual and philosophical elements as well as a gentler form. It has helped her to feel whole and at peace despite what goes on around her. It has helped her understand suffering and apply the tools of yoga to help alleviate it. Prior to teaching yoga, Allison earned her masters degree in Elementary Education and was a 4th grade teacher. Being a former gymnast and figure skater, Allison has gravitated toward exploring the relationship of how the body, breath and mind relate to one another and how they are a vehicle to connect to our true nature, our authentic self. Yoga has truly been a gift to her and she enjoys sharing that gift with others in her studio classes, workshops, one-on-one and as a senior teacher in the Yogalife teacher training programs. Even when she is off her mat, she continues to practice yoga by bringing the tools and benefits she has gained from the practice into her day-to-day life.


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